AIR UP THERE: Warwick and Dalby players go high in a lineout at Risdon Oval on Saturday.
AIR UP THERE: Warwick and Dalby players go high in a lineout at Risdon Oval on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

B-grade grab a win over Warwick

RUGBY UNION: The B-grade boys hit the Warrego Highway for the trip to Warwick in the only game of the round for the Wheatmen.

Dalby was devoid of some key players, but a reshuffle still meant Dalby had a strong outfit hit the paddock, and they needed it coming up against Warwick.

From the kick off, Warwick made their intentions clear and a very physical battle was going to be the order of the day.

In the first five minutes it was all Warwick as their big forwards rolled steadily towards the Dalby line, as they threw the ball out wide it was the Matt “Honey Badger” Donovan who stole the nut with a brilliant intercept to run the length of the field and put the Wheatmen on the board first.

Points were difficult to find over the next 20 minutes as the Wheatmen lads were called upon to defend for long periods against a Warwick forward pack with a weight advantage of at least 200kg.

Finally the backline boys got some ball and were able to put together a great try out wide to James “Bones” Bailey.

It was out wide that the Dalby boys found some inroads and the Badger trounced with another intercept to put the lads right back in the try zone and after some great phase play from Eddie Dean, Kurt Von Pein and Fergus Gibson, the Badger was in again next to the post to give the team some breathing space with a 19 point lead.

A handling error from the restart had the Wheatmen on their own line, and from the scrum the big Warwick pack rolled their way in for a great pushover try.

In the next passage of play a high shot from one of the Dalby lads resulted in a three point penalty and the gap was narrowed to 19-10 in favour of travellers at half-time.

After the break it was Warwick that put the first points on the board and closed the gap to just four points.

This seem to spur the Wheatmen into a tougher defensive effort.

Ben Cullen started organising some back line raids which resulted in further tries to Bones and the Badger, who finished the game with three tries a piece.

The Wheatmen were able to finally run out convincing winners 40-20 as Warwick started to wane.

Matt Donovan got one point, while Kurt Von Pein was well deserved of his two points as he improves every week with his workman like performances.

Three points went to Phil Krampl as his defence again was outstanding in knocking over blokes twice his

weight.

All eyes will be on next week as we take the long trip to Goondiwindi to take on the Emus at their home ground.

Coach John Cullen


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